Well, what a treat to sing again in public on Saturday 4th December!
We were privileged to sing Messiah with our wonderful soloists and ensemble players. Many thanks are due to all helpers on the night, and of course, to our conductor, Joel Newsome-Hubbard. Both singers and audience found it a marvellous experience after a two year break from singing with an orchestra. This review from Simon de Groot, was much appreciated:
“Ember Choral gave an uplifting and joyous, but also controlled and refined performance of Handel’s much loved and somewhat seasonal Messiah, tonight in Kingston’s Parish Church.
It was an excellent choice for the re-commencement of the choir’s activities after a long COVID enforced break, and the grateful and convivial atmosphere could be felt as well as heard in audience, orchestra and all present…
All the parts were delivered with smooth and well blended precision, which happily, and perhaps surprisingly, coped well with conductor Joel Newsome Hubbard’s brisk “authentic baroque” tempi…the excellent acoustic of Kingston’s nicely proportioned Parish Church aiding with a neutral but warm quality…
As often, the tenors, (why was I not there helping??) could have been a little stronger, but I confess bias: they came through, and their tone and accuracy was spot on…
A virtuoso natural trumpet, ensuring the trumpet really did “sound” and superb line up of soloists, ensured all that was needed to satisfy any Messiah crusties in the audience, as well as thrill any newcomers…
So good to see such enthusiastic restarting of local musical activity in Surrey, and we look forward to a hopefully exciting 2020 (sic) in which we will undoubtedly feel extra grateful for live musical performance! 🙏 Simon de Groot”
We chose All Saints church in the heart of Kingston for our latest concert held on 1st December, 2018. The combination of a Christmassy “vibe” in the town centre with its brightly lit selection of restaurants and shops and the popular variety of items on the programme ensured that members of the audience went away feeling that Christmas had arrived early!
The use of a brass ensemble for most of the pieces with solo flute, piano and organ accompanying others also enhanced the enjoyment of the pieces.
Once again, we were fortunate to have a former member of the Royal Choral Society, Julian Rye, in the audience. He has kindly submitted a review of the concert which can be accessed here. Post concert comments indicated that many others in the audience enjoyed this concert. Let’s hope a few new to our concerts feel motivated to come and join us for more – as singers next time, perhaps!
We held a wonderful concert at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate on November 25th, 2017. The works included: Handel “Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne”, Britten “Rejoice in the Lamb”, Charpentier “Te Deum” plus some seasonal items. The concert featured soloists: Sophie Gallagher, Soprano; Alex Chance, Alto; Guy Elliott, Tenor and Hugo Herman-Wilson, Bass and the players of Solistes de Musique Ancienne.
More pictures from the concert (all photos courtesy of Raf Jezierski):
Just a few photos (more to be posted on the site in due course) of the wonderful concert in Claygate on November 25th. Featuring soloists Sophie Gallagher, Soprano; Alex Chance, Alto; Guy Elliott, Tenor and Hugo Herman-Wilson, Bass and the players of Solistes de Musique Ancienne.